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Lighting Director

August 1, 2022


Provide oversight and direction for the lighting department, serve as the principle point of contact for all event lighting needs, and be responsible for the maintenance and repair of all lighting equipment and systems at the Center.


Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enaPable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



For all assigned Center Presents, Rental, Resident Company, and Internal Events

  1. Advance lighting-specific performance/event details in a timely manner; referencing contract riders and historic institutional data where applicable and available. Attend production meetings, when required, and engage rental clients and touring personnel directly where necessary to ensure a smooth show day.
    1. Maintain accurate records of advance information in Venue Ops, and identify information as preliminary, confirmed, or as executed.
    2. Secure all required rental and perishable materials needed, and coordinate with other production departments when vendor providers may overlap.
    3. Timely notification of over hire staffing needs to Asst. Director of Production.
  2. Performance/event day responsibilities to include:
    1. Supervise full time and over hire employees assigned to the Lighting Area, and participate in the load in, rehearsal/sound check, performance, and load out.
    2. Execute lighting design as directed by event contact.
    3. Ensure safety of equipment, systems, and use of lighting-related assets during events including use of those assets by outside personnel. Ensure safety of and safe use of lighting assets brought into the facilities by outside groups and tours, as it pertains to the safety of CPA staff, over hire, and patrons.
    4. Provide post event feedback and time reporting as requested.



  1. Provide regular maintenance on all lighting-related assets at The Center per manufacturers recommendations and industry best practices.
    1. Keep maintenance logs for all relevant lighting-related equipment and systems at The Center
    2. Maintain inventory of lamps, gels, repair parts, and cables
    3. Repair or arrange for repair of all broken or malfunctioning lighting-related assets at The Center.
    4. Keep all lighting systems manuals, guides, training documents, and lighting section of Center’s Technical Specification document up to date.
  2. Regularly review lighting-related assets at The Center and recommend replacements, improvements, or additions.
  3. Serve as a resource for and collaborate with the Technical Directors at The Studio and The Tarkington Theatres in maintenance, repair, and upgrading of their lighting-related assets.



  1. Attend and participate in meetings as required.
  2. Seek out and participate in professional development opportunities and memberships in professional organizations to stay up to date on all duties outlined in job description.
  3. When feasible provide internship opportunities in alignment with educational focus of the organization.
  4. Assist in other production areas as available and needed, or as assigned.
  5. Other duties as assigned.



  1. Communication Proficiency
  2. Collaboration and Teamwork Orientation
  3. Customer/Client Focus
  4. Detail Oriented
  5. Time Management
  6. Decision Making
  7. Problem Solving/Analysis
  8. Technical Capacity


Required Education and Experience (Indicate education based on requirements that are job-related and consistent with business necessity.)

  1. Bachelor’s degree Level of Education or equivalent experience
  2. ETCP certified technician a plus


Supervisory Responsibility

This position will supervise other full-time staff, over hire staff, and interns who are assigned to fulfill lighting department responsibilities.


Work Environment

This job operates in a professional event venue environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, copiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  1. Ability to work at heights
  2. Strong sensory skills, such as good eyesight, good hearing, and dexterity, especially in low-light situations
  3. Ability to bend, push, lift, carry, pull, and move up to 50 pounds
  4. Ability to speak and listen clearly, especially via radio
  5. Ability to operate office equipment, including computers, copiers, fax machines, and phones


Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a Full Time Position with Full Benefits and 401k eligibility. Will require working evenings and weekends.



No travel is expected for this position.


AAP/EEO Statement

The Center for Performing Arts and Songbook Foundation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws


Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 


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